Working on proper placement of objects in a drawing, understanding negative space and trying new media.
|Working on negative space, drawing the spaces between.|
Placement can be a challenge, but if you don't have objects in the right places on the paper, no amount of detail will help. Learning to visually measure and line them up, as well as draw that in the correct size in relationship to each other takes practice. Sometimes drawing the negative space between objects can help you understand this.
Dip Pen & Ink
|Adding character with a dip pen.|
Portraiture and Colored Pencil
|Blending, blending and more blending|
|Working on the details of the "knees"|
Matt board is strong enough for this work, as well as added good texture or tooth to hold the multiple layers of colored pencil. It can be cut large enough for a work of this scope. Being ridged, it does stand up to the abuse of colored pencil, blending, burnishing and polishing that really good color pencil paintings requires.
Of course simply using a pencil is still a basic drawing tool. Even a number 2 standard pencil can give a wide range of value to a sketchbook drawing.
Working from life or your own photographs is rewarding.